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October 2, 2009

Exchange MVP for 2nd Year!

Filed under: MVP — Amit Tank @ 7:20 pm

Yesterday I got an email from Microsoft for the second time. It’s a great honor to get Microsoft MVP award for Exchange Server again.

 

I would also like to thank Microsoft and all readers of my blog and various articles published at different locations and providing feedback about them.

It has been a great year and I learned a lot about new Exchange server product, 2010. It is near to RTM stage and already started impacting industry, many organizations are waiting to get Exchange 2010 released for public while many are already using it under TAP program. Revolutionary change in messaging space is ahead so getting ready for another exciting year!

October 1, 2009

Exchange 2007 SP2: Self-Signed Certificate Validity Changed

Filed under: Exchange,Exchange 2007,PowerShell — Amit Tank @ 12:16 am

When we install Exchange 2007, by default it install a self-signed certificate with one year validity. This causes a problem for the Admins when a year completes, specially when they are not much familiar with Powershell Cmdlets because self-signed certificate can be renewed with EMS cmdlets only.

However it is pretty simple to renew self-signed certificate and requires going through below 4 steps only.

  • Get the list of Exchange Certificates with below cmdlet and note the ThumbPrint of the certificate which is about to expire or already expired but still some services are attached with it.

Get-ExchangeCertificate | FL ThumbPrint, isSelfSigned, NotBefore, NotAfter, Services

  • Create a new certificate for the expiring certificate.

Get-ExchangeCertificate “ThumbPrintOfExpiringCertificate” | New-ExchangeCertificate

  • When you create new certificate, by default it is enabled for POP, IMAP and SMTP services based on old certificate properties but if old certificate is enabled for IIS services too, then you need to enable IIS service for new certificate manually with below cmdlet.

Enable-ExchangeCertificate -ThumbPrint “ThumbPrintOfNewCertificate” -Services IIS

  • Remove old certificate since it is no more required.

Remove-ExchangeCertificate –ThumbPrint “ThumbPrintOfExpiringCertificate”

So what’s new with Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2?

Fresh installation of Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2 issues a self-signed certificate with 5 Years of validity. Yes, so you don’t have to renew self-signed certificate every year. This is a big relief for small organizations when they don’t use a certificate issued by anyone of the trusted 3rd party CAs.

Note: Self-Signed certificate validity doesn’t change in case of upgradation of existing Exchange 2007 or Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1 Server to Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2.

Since this change is already implemented in Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2, hopefully we can expect the similar behavior in Exchange 2010 by the time it RTMs !?!?! :)

September 15, 2009

Exchange Server: What’s your learning strategy?

Filed under: Exchange,Learning — Amit Tank @ 12:56 pm

This has been asked quite a lot of times by newbies that how to start learning Exchange Server.

I would say MsExchange.org is the most tasty and crispy site for any Exchange hungry learner, Exchange Server TechNet Library is properly managed and untreated food made available at, by Microsoft restaurant to maintain the quality under healthy support boundaries and MSExchangeTeam blog serves the desserts at last. Also you can find various tips and tricks at the blogs of various MVPs and Subject Metter Experts in terms of snacks… :)

The best way to learn things are, do the practice or get involved in some kind of implementation and configuration assignments in your job. But it is rare to get such kind of chance in the beginning of the career so what do you in that case? The best option is start learning theory and construct a clear foundation. Anyone of the book can guide you step by step, but again caveats come, like many of us don’t get enough time or don’t be in good mood to learn the theoretical portion after completion our day job and social responsibilities. In that case I would try to find out certain multimedia or video tutorial to gain knowledge in entertaining way and some of them demonstrate how to do that step by step practical simultaneously. You may find many video tutorials in the market like CBT Nuggets, TrainSignals, Winstructor etc but definitely people will search for the costless material initially so let me list out some of the resources here…

Multimedia aided training material:

Next step towards gaining more confidence, you need to configure things by your own hands so how do you achieve this? I would recommend to build your own virtual lab with help of virtualization software like MS Virtual Server, Virtual PC, Hyper-V or VMWare. Create couple of VM instances, install and configure Exchange Server settings and see how it reacts in various scenarios. Microsoft also provides pre-configured VHD files to evaluate Exchange Server if you don’t want to build environment from scratch. But what if you don’t have enough hardware resources to build your virtual environment? Well, here is the deal. Microsoft provides bunch of Virtual Labs for Exchange Servers, you need to just have reliable and high-speed internet connection.

Now, how to keep the things in mind for long term? As I said, best way is to do practically and next thing is, keep notes of certain points which remind you quickly in future.

When you are trying to get knowledge yourselves so what do you do if you stuck up with questions or anything which start confusing you but you can’t find any way to get out of complication. Of course search engines are your friends but still you are not clear at the base then there are many Exchange Server experts sitting across the world and many of them are ready to help Exchange server community, you have to just log in into the ring of their perimeters. You can find various forums where you can ask your questions and queries which are bothering you.

Here are list of the major forums and newsgroups but wait, follow some of the best practices while posting queries on the forums/newsgroups which helps to you as well as to savior also who are trying there to help you. Basic best practices are, to post the question in proper category, write a short and sweet subject/title so relevant experts of that area will grab their call swiftly. Also see couple of links here, How to ask a question and The Psychology of a TechNet Forum Thread.

At later stage I would certainly look for in-depth or very advance level material for real world implementation and troubleshooting awareness. Couple of classical book examples are here.

Hope this helps you to jump into ocean of knowledge and Good Luck!

September 9, 2009

Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2 Shell Help

Filed under: EMS TitBit,Exchange,Exchange 2007,PowerShell — Amit Tank @ 9:51 am

Another goodies for Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2, Shell Help file. The Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Exchange Management Shell Help file helps you use cmdlets in the Exchange Management Shell to perform day-to-day administration of Exchange 2007. You can view help in the Exchange Management Shell by using the Get-Help cmdlet. This Help file applies to the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) version of Exchange Server 2007.

Download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=ab3523a9-d502-420d-9719-9373fa2427ba#tm

August 27, 2009

Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2 Help File

Filed under: Exchange,Exchange 2007 — Amit Tank @ 11:59 am

Download standalone version of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP2 Help file, an offline copy of Exchange Server TechNet in CHM format.

The Exchange Server 2007 SP2 Help can help you in the day-to-day administration of Exchange. Use this information to guide you through Exchange Server 2007 SP2 features, tasks, and administration procedure.

Download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=85c5ef71-6a1f-4eb0-9ff3-3feee6057e96

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